Tour de France organizers are not very happy with Lance Armstrong returning to the Tour for a shot at an eight title. Nevertheless, race director Christian Prudhomme said that Lance will be allowed to compete in the 2009 tor. HOWEVER, the 36-year old American MUST meet new anti-doping standards to clear up suspicions that have hindered his career.
On Tuesday, Armstrong announced that he is ending a 3-year retirement and riding again in 2009. However, we still do not know which team he will ride for.
According to Prudhomme, the drug-testing rules “are much more strict than they were before.”
Prudhomme said, “If Lance Armstrong is at the start of the Tour de France, it will be the same thing for him and for his team, of course. I can’t say anything else. There won’t be any exceptions.” There are a lot of things still to occur before Armstrong can actually race in the event.